Welcome St Neots Rotary Club Members

BannerStNThe Club were delighted to welcome to Belfast members from the Rotary Club of St Neots who were visiting over St Patrick's weekend.

Unfortunately, due to the Bank Holiday there was no Club meeting on that Monday 18 March but Past President Gordon Millington, Secretary Rosemary Simpson and Club members Hilary Gault and Eileen Kennedy met up with their party of 28. They were given greetings and kindest regards from the St Neots Club joint Presidents Rev. Roger Hawthorne and Wing Commander Robert Murray and members of the Rotary Club of St Neots and presented with a banner by Rtn. Val Corrigan. PP Gordon was delighted, in return, to present them with a copy of the Club history and banner.

Rotary International, NI, Woman of the Year Award 2013

aD03 3998cThe inaugural Rotary International, NI, Woman of the Year Award was presented, on International Women's Day March 8, to the "unique and inspiring" Professor Dame Judith Hill, Chief Executive NI Hospice, in recognition of her outstanding services to palliative care services.

Are you a 'Mucker In'?

aD03 3980cSpeaking at the breakfast celebrating International Women's Day 8 March 2013 Carmel Owens, Director Version 1, Belfast, addressed her reasons for joining Rotary and what it means to her.

She stated she had been delighted to join The Belfast Rotary Club last summer and that her first exposure to Rotary had been at a social event in Dublin:
"It was great fun. However, at the end of the night there was a presentation about Rotary's End Polio Now Campaign which, I suppose as a mum, really touched me. End Polio Now is a really fantastic movement which has reduced the number of cases of Polio globally by 99%.

A little closer to home, Past President Marnette Lyons introduced me to her Belfast Club where again I was really impressed with projects like the SOS Bus in Belfast which looks after our young people in the early hours, the support for local charities and the links with schools and communities locally and around the world. For example we hare hosting next week a group of 15-16 year olds from Highland Park, Chicago, on an exchange programme Towards a Better Understanding.

Like many people I am 'time-poor' but felt that I wanted to do something to help. With Rotary, you join a group of over 1.2m people around the world who are committed to making changes and it is amazing how powerful such a group is.

Rotary is not just about friendship and fun and there is a strong sense of camaraderie, helping people to help others, in the clubs and there is no doubt that you are in good company!"

Although not a local she stated that she had been given a warm welcome in the Belfast Club and felt that for her, it is a great chance to meet and network with new people who are, in the main, not part of the IT business.

She continued that: "I read an article recently which said that Rotarians are 'life's doers'; 'the joiners up' and 'the muckers in'...

So, if that describes you and you would like to make a difference I would heartily endorse Rotary and encourage you to make the first move by contacting one of the members or attending one of the local events."

If you would like to consider membership please contact us here. This website gives further details of Rotary, membership and all our activities.

The breakfast was one of 5 concurrent Celebratory Breakfasts in Belfast, Dublin, London and Cardiff organised by Rotary in Britain and Ireland. Full details can be seen here.

Rotary celebrates International Women's Day

aD03 3994International Women's Day, Friday 8 March 2013, was marked by Rotary International in Britain and Ireland by concurrent celebratory breakfasts in Belfast, Dublin, London, Edinburgh and Cardiff to celebrate the diversity, equality and dual gender involvement of Rotary worldwide. 

International Women's Day provides the opportunity to globally recognise and applaud achievements.

Held at Malone Golf Club, it was attended by over 100 business and professional women and men across Northern Ireland who were treated to a humorous and inspirational session of speakers.

The event culminated with the presentation of the inaugural Rotary International, Northern Ireland, Woman of the Year Award 2013.

The full report can be seen here.

Picture shows Dame Mary Peters, Anne McWilliams, Chief Executive the MAC, Rotary In Ireland District Governor Elect Verity Swann and Professor Dame Judith Hill, Chief Executive NI Hospice.

Secret Listeners of Gilnahirk

DSCN1575George Busby gave a talk to the Club on Thursday 7 March on "the Secret Listeners of Gilnahirk". This was a fascinating report on the radio operators who, from 1939 to 1946, worked in complete secrecy - even from their own families - and intercepted messages from German signals in Britain, Germany and in other European countries. 


Londonderry Club Welcome

DSCN1524-2079A highly successful fraternal visit to the Rotary Club of Londonderry was enjoyed Monday 4 March by the 17 members, Mabel Baird and Norma Millington who set off on the 10.30 bus to Londonderry.

President Gavin Killeen welcomed all, expressed how delighted they were by the visit from their parent Club and Presidents Gavin and Alan exchanged banners.

Full report can be read here.


Guide Dog Chaz steals the show

ChasStealsTheShow-2075Guide Dog Chaz was the star of the day when Orrlene McMillan (seated right) from Guide Dogs for the Blind and his mistress Elaine addressed the Club at the Club meeting Monday 27 February 2013. He was totally unfazed by flashing cameras and Rotarians' attention/petting being utterly relaxed throughout even yawning! They are pictured here with from left PP Derek Baxter, President Elect Ken Morrison and PP Brian Ferguson. Click on images to enlarge.

Happy 108th Birthday Rotary International

FoundersRotary began as an idea 108 years ago today marking the start of an incredible journey for an organisation that has become one of the largest humanitarian driving forces in the world.

On 23 February 1905, Paul P. Harris invited 3 friends Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram E. Shorey to gather in Loehr's office for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting.

The Lord Mayor of Belfast addresses the Club

PresAlanRosemaryLordMayor-2073Honorary member Alderman Gavin Robinson, Lord Mayor of Belfast, at Monday's meeting 11 February gave an excellent account of the events of his year in office and his hopes for the future. 
He was roundly applauded by all there, answered several questions from members and received a presentation from President Alan. He is pictured here with President Alan and Secretary Rosemary.

New Evening Meetings

trevorringlandThe Club has initiated a new meeting time and format once a month at 6.00pm on a Thursday evening in the Europa Hotel and the first of these evening meetings was held Thursday 07 February.
These evening meetings facilitate a longer talk and the first was well attended by members, partners and visitors who greatly enjoyed the eloquent address by Trevor Ringland. Having reminisced on his sporting days he spoke about the importance of, and how he is involved with, getting communities in conflict together, and young people in particular, through sport. 

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